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  1. dkumpula

    Chimney Complete

    From the album: My First Build: The Beacon Hill

    So here's the final product with the tape removed. I'm going to need to do some clean-up of my stain on the roof, but no big deal.
  2. dkumpula

    Chimney Clean-up

    From the album: My First Build: The Beacon Hill

    Thank goodness I looked up the mortaring process here before I tried anything. A post from Ravenswing demonstrated the necessity of applying a clear-coat to the brick before mortaring. As the brick is water soluble, I found a can of spray-on satin clear coat that had an oil base. (Almost everything is water-based these days). A few coats of that and a day's drying time gave the brick a waterproof and mortar-proof top-coat that made clean-up a snap.
  3. From the album: My First Build: The Beacon Hill

    The first side I attempted to mortar was a bit too runny, so I had to go back and do a second coat after it dried. With the mortar being too wet, it also required to be laid on its side until it dried. I also tried using a large animal syringe to inject the mortar the first time and determined that it was easier just to glop it on with my fingers and rub it into the joints. The other sides as in this pic, I made sure the mortar consistency was thicker, which allowed me to rotate the house without waiting for each side to dry. In both cases I added wood glue to the mix in roughly a 1:4
  4. From the album: My First Build: The Beacon Hill

    The majority of staining and painting the top and left side of the house is finally complete after a couple weeks worth of effort. At this rate, I'll be done with the painting and staining of the outside around Christmas . . .
  5. From the album: My First Build: The Beacon Hill

    The wall here only has one coat of paint and I'm wondering if it is too light a pink. I grabbed a latex paint that was used for one of my 1:1 house bathroom, but full scale makes things look darker than they do in 1:12 scale. I'm not sure whether to do a darker version of the pink or not at this point.
  6. From the album: My First Build: The Beacon Hill

    I put copper foil on the first floor alcove window and upstairs window on the left side. I need to trim it a bit and then age it with lemon juice (I assume).
  7. From the album: My First Build: The Beacon Hill

    The different color stains and paint are coming together as planned without making too much of a mess. I start with the two lighter colored stains which are water based and then do the dark cherry stain next. The oil tends to not absorb into wood already stained with the water based stain, which is fortunate. I keep a paper towel handy to wipe up errors as I go.
  8. From the album: My First Build: The Beacon Hill

    This chimney progressed much faster than I expected. The bricks are easy to work with. I'm reducing them down to size by breaking them with my fingers and/or grinding them down with a dremmel with a sanding attachment, which works great. I still have to apply a satin clear coat before I add the mortar, of course, but I'm happy with the results so far.
  9. From the album: My First Build: The Beacon Hill

    I've only got one coat of pain on thus far and was surprised how much the latex paint warped the siding. I had to use superglue to hold it down in several places, but I think it will survive otherwise.
  10. From the album: My First Build: The Beacon Hill

    I haven't really done anything with the interior as I want to complete the exterior first. I wonder if I'm even 25% complete at this stage.
  11. From the album: My First Build: The Beacon Hill

    Staining is about as much work as paint in my opinion with the exception of the prep work. Stain doesn't cover even the smallest of cracks or blemishes, so it needs to be in excellent shape in advance. With this kit, that means a LOT of work.
  12. From the album: My First Build: The Beacon Hill

    If I were doing this build again, I think I'd add a window on the second floor wall here.
  13. From the album: My First Build: The Beacon Hill

    I have been cheating. I admit it. ;) I should be finishing the sanding and prep on the entire house, but I could not resist giving the detachable tower roof some stain to see how difficult it is to do 4 adjoining stain colors. The shingles are water-based stain and the darker trim uses older oil-based stains which are leftover from decades old projects restoring antique furniture. As oil and water don't mix well, it was surprisingly easy to do the dark trim without it running onto the previously stained shingles. I just wiped off any minor spillage off the shingles before it dried fo
  14. From the album: My First Build: The Beacon Hill

    I'm going to need some rails here. I haven't decided on what to do with the porch floor either. Perhaps something that looks like slate? I'm not sure what a Victorian like this would have had in real life.
  15. From the album: My First Build: The Beacon Hill

    This wall was by far the easiest to prepare.
  16. From the album: My First Build: The Beacon Hill

    Thankfully, I didn't glue in any of the windows. This made prep easier.
  17. From the album: My First Build: The Beacon Hill

    Looking fairly good in the morning sun!
  18. From the album: My First Build: The Beacon Hill

    I can't wait to get to staining and painting!
  19. From the album: My First Build: The Beacon Hill

    Two weeks of wood fill, sanding, more wood-fill, more sanding . . . to get to here.
  20. From the album: My First Build: The Beacon Hill

    After nearly two months of fairly diligent assembly, I suspect I am less than a third done. Maybe my daughter will get it by her next birthday?
  21. From the album: My First Build: The Beacon Hill

    This is admittedly a dark color scheme, although it is going to tie nicely into my daughter's rococo bedroom (formerly a guest room). The siding will be a dark-ish pink to provide some pretty pop off the trim. The very top adornments as well as the ones beneath the eve were in poor shape due to their small size and some unfortunately poor quality plywood boards for those pieces. After giving them a few coats of ebony stain, its clear that they will need to be painted instead of stained. Oh well. I suppose those top pieces are unlikely to last a single pillow-fight in the same room
  22. From the album: My First Build: The Beacon Hill

    Its about here that I begin to question whether I should have pre-painted the porch posts and some other hard to reach areas . . .
  23. From the album: My First Build: The Beacon Hill

    I created a little window shelf out of spare wood and I may create a nice custom interior trim piece as well.
  24. From the album: My First Build: The Beacon Hill

    I have read that this window causes some assembly confusion, but my confusion was why this small window had an interior piece which had an opening even smaller than the window. If this were your 1:1 home, wouldn't you want to maximize light coming into the tower? A little more fill and sanding and this should look good.
  25. From the album: My First Build: The Beacon Hill

    So I originally intended to stain the shingles without any variation, but then I happened across a picture of a 1:144 BH that had something similar to this. Three coats of stain and one clear coat - all without stain running onto an adjoining shingle? Easy, right?? ;)
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